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Envelope Filters...show me the way, please.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by iualum, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    I'm looking at 4 filters: EH Tube Zipper, EH Q-Tron +, Maxon AF9, & MXR M-188.

    I play an active j into 300 tube watts & a 210/212.

    Looking for most bubbleliciousness, little noise, little bottom loss, quality build.

    Comments on these or others? Thanks.
  2. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    IMO, the Q Tron + ROCKS.
  3. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Tube zipper isn't really a filter imho it sounds more synth like.

    Personally I receommend the MXR M-188 great filter, best one I've owned.

    You may want to try the ebs bass iq I just sold mine as I didn't feel it was wet enough but your mileage may differ

    Hope this helps
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I am a HUGE fan of the old Ibanez UE-303B, AF201, and AF9. I have owned over a dozen auto-filters, including an original Mutron 3 and a Meatball, and I always go back to the Ibanez for its solid functionality and fat, fat tone.
  5. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    I'm cheap but I just really like the DOD FX25. It's like, 40 bucks.
  6. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    It's a bit pricey ($189), but I have an EMMA discumBOBulator on the way. Reviews have been pretty spectacular ("it's more Mutron-ish than the Mutron").
  7. winston


    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA

    I also have a UE-303B and a recent Maxon AF-9. Big-sounding but very articulate. Good for both Bootsy-style wahs or more Laswell-like dub tone. I prefer them to the other filters I've had (DOD FX25/FX25B, Boss T-Wah, DigiTech BassSynthWah, BassBalls).

    The one reissue MuTron I tried was very noisy. I like the EH Q-Tron/+ but didn't feel like buying them new. I'd love to try a MeatBall someday but they're quite $$. The compressor on the UE303B is great for getting your filtered tone as punchy as possible without destroying your speakers.
  8. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    Well...just won an evilbay auction for the Auto Q. $90 shipped. Virtually brand new. Box, docs, & wall wart too. Think it was a real nice deal. Looking forward to it. :hyper:
  9. dadodetres


    Dec 19, 2004

    actualy no, i own one and use it as an envelope filter, and after spending enough time with it i realized thats a very good one.
  10. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    I like the MXR Envelope Filter.
    Very simple, quite funky sounding. I've been told Victor Wooten uses it, FWIW.
  11. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Another vote for the MXR - I have one and it meets your criteria very well.
  12. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    Maxon AF9 auto filter, i use it for all types of gigs/styles , its really solid and realiable, only thing is there is no volume control and a little volume boost when you click it on, but this is a small fault as there is no other pedal thats sounds anywhere near as good unless you can source an original mutron 3.